Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, and an important part of our spiritual growth. Pope Francis said, “An evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!” And St. Teresa of Avila, a Doctor of the Church, once prayed, “God save us from sour-faced saints!”
But there is so much in the world that brings us down, how can we maintain joy and a good sense of humor? As with everything, the key to growth is through prayer. If you’ve ever wondered how Pope Francis remains so joyful, one reason is a certain prayer he prays every day – the Prayer for Good Humor by St. Thomas More.
Here is the text of the prayer written by the English martyr:
Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good
and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I.”
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy,
and to be able to share it with others.
Try starting your day with this prayer and begin looking at the world in a brighter light!